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iRobot Dirt DogLast year, you gave your partner a Roomba for Christmas. This year, ask him/her for the iRobot Dirt Dog, the masculine version that is designed for basements, garages, and shop floors. It can pick up nuts, bolts, wood chips, and probably any other crud that you have lying around your workshop that the Roomba vacuum can’t get. The Dirt Dog features an over-sized dust bin and counter-rotating brushes that work at high speed. There is a 1-year limited warranty and 30 day risk-free trial. If that isn’t macho enough, you also get a 6 month subscription to This Old House Magazine (5 issues, a $10 value) when you order at iRobot for $129.99.

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Gallery: Dirt Dog Cleans Up Workshop


PowerSquid CalamariThink outside the box. The PowerSquid frees outlets with MOVs (Metal Oxide Varistors) with the benefit of a greater flexibility. We first discovered the PowerSquid at this year’s CES 2006, and now we can all have one. Flexity claims that their technology provides “enhanced heat dissipation and 27% greater capacity.” Purestream power-filtering protects your equipment and its Tripwire circuit severs electrical current in the event of a catastrophe such as lightening. You get connectivity protection for dial-up, DSL, or coax/cable.

The PowerSquid comes in three models:

  • Surge 3000 Calamari Edition PCSQ3K_CAL for PCs, home theatres, and personal electronics - $79.95.
  • Surge 3000 PCSQ3K for musicians, professional or wannabe - $69.95
  • PSOM_BLACK Outlet multiplier - $12.95.

Both surge protectors offer a $500,000 limited equipment warranty and the outlet multiplier offers a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Add to that 2 neon glowing female outlets on the Calamari and you have some serious and sinister-looking protection.

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Gallery: Flexity PowerSquid Becomes Reality

Butterfly HeaterOkay, so in a few weeks we are expecting to hear from a bunch of readers who decided to brave the cold in order to be one of the lucky few to nab a PS3 at launch. However, why suffer frostbitten fingers if you don’t have to? This is where the Butterfly Heater comes in. You fill this bad boy with a little lighter fluid, and it goes to work pumping out warm air through it’s butterfly pattern stitched front. Yeah, it’s a little more girly than we would have hoped for, but for an $18 device that will stay warm for a solid 25 hours, we think we can handle that. You can grab two for $30, and then you’ll be the envy of the line at your local Best Buy.

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Gallery: Butteryfly Personal Heater

power-aware cordStatic! has unveiled a Power-Aware Cord that visualizes the energy that is flowing through it. The more energy you use with this re-designed electrical power strip, the more it glows. Inventors Anton Gutafsson and Magnus Gyllensward are hoping that their invention will make you cut back on unnecessary appliances, stereo equipment, etc. Although still in production, if it is released before Christmas, you can cut out some of those outside strings of light, replace them with these, and no one will know the difference.

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Gallery: Static! Glows With Power-Aware Cord

Contraforma ChairSince the term is all the rage, maybe we can christen this as Rocking Chair 2.0? I mean, this is certainly not something we would expect grandma to be sitting in while she’s getting her knit on. This unique piece is designed by Contraforma in such a way that you should be able to rock comfortable in it, despite the lack of what we like to call a “rocking crest.” Definitely a conversation piece, and we all need one of those in our homes, don’t we not? How else do we curb that whole “awkward silence” thing?

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Gallery: The Ten Legged Rocking Chair

Rain or ShineFrom the clever folk who brought us the Hear Now, the pet collar with GPS tracking, comes another product for our furrier friends. The Rain or Shine is a comfortably warm bed that utilizes magnets to relieve arthritic dogs and cats. It features an adjustable umbrella, and food and water trays so that Fido can hang outside and still be covered. It comes in three color combinations and four sizes, and can be ordered online with prices ranging from $89.99 to $159.99. We are thinking of ordering a Rain or Shine just to go with our new G’zOne.

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Gallery: The Rain or Shine Assists Arthritic Pets

Over on Unboxing, we just did a video showcasing an Unboxing Ceremony for a few SumoLounge products - namely their gigantic Omni, and miniature Otto beanbags. Don’t let that fool you though - these things are off the hook, and nearly indestructible. If you are looking for a couple of pieces of “furniture” to add to your den, you may want to check these babies out. Let us know what you think of the video.

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Gallery: Unboxing Sumo Lounge Omni and Otto Beanbags

Philips Wake-up LightIf you don’t do mornings, you might want to try an alternative to your loud and user-unfriendly alarm clock. Philips has created the Wake-up Light, which sends out light that increases in intensity for 30 minutes, just like the sun. When the light falls on your eyes, it sends a message to reduce production of melatonin, the hormone that put you to sleep in the first place. Claiming their product to be medically proven, the Wake-up Light can be preset and adjusted in intensity. It will be available this month in France with an overall roll-out next year. Contact Philips for price and availability in your area. This is fine idea, but we would like it more if it came with a pot of coffee.

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Gallery: Philips Wake-up Light Simulates Sun

Keuco Visiomatic

Keuco has joined with Visiomatic to create a multimedia system for, of all places, your bathroom. With it you can listen to the radio, play music, watch TV, write SMS messages, read the latest news, and even talk on the phone. The system has already been installed in such luxury hotels as the Beverly Wilshire, NY’s Four Seasons, Chicago’s Park Hyatt, and the Dorchester in Boston. If they throw in the guy in the tub to scrub my back, they’ve made a sale. Contact Keuco (click on new products and multimedia) for price and availability.


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Gallery: Keuco Visiomatic Brings Info Into The Bathroom

Panasonic DL-GWNIsn’t it GE who claims, “We bring good things to light?” Panasonic can now take credit for the tagline with the advent of their DL-GWN toilet seat. The seat provides a bulls-eye light so that in the darkest of nights, males won’t have to worry about missing their targets. Females will surely enjoy the warming function, since the water pumped in is boiled for cleaning the seat automatically after each use. The DL-GWN will be available in November in Japan for 135,450 Yen or ~$1165. That sounds like a lot of money down the drain to us. Don’t tell Panasonic, but some time ago, a gadget called the nightlight was invented.

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Gallery: Panasonic DL-GWN Shines On